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$900 Gaming/Work PC Build

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April 2, 2013 5:43:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July (waiting for some problems to simmer down).
Here are my parts:
Mobo:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Hard-Drive: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
OS/Case Are going to be supplied by a friend :)  they are:
OS:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I think it's great but some might be more pricey than I would like.
Please give me some opinions and maybe better options?

The rest is going to be used by my old build
750w PSU
Kuhler H2O 620 CPU cooling system
2 320gb WD hard-drives
Nvidia GTX 560 Ti

PS: Would like to stick to ASUS/Gigabyte Mother Boards and Intel Processors with Corsair/G.Skill RAM
If possible I would like a UEFI BIOS for easier interface in my BIOS

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April 3, 2013 1:58:57 AM

That is a unlocked cpu. if you wont overclock then consider i7 3770 (not 3770K). This supports turbo boost upto 3.9GHz.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2372992&sku=I69-3770.

Or you can consider an i5 like 3570K http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2373004&CatId=1969. The main difference between them is i5 have 2mb less L3 cache and it does not supports hyper-threding.

If you won't overclock, get a H77 mobo. Or consider this mobo http://http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2522311&csid=_61. And you are buying a 1600 MHz ram kit. There is no need to buy a oc 2400 mobo.

RAM kit looks good to me.
You can save some money if you buy Windows 7 Professional. Ultimate and Professional versions are nearly same.

So my suggestion would be

Intel Core i7 3770 - $285 [Core I7 3770 link here]

Asus P8H77 mobo - $100 [Asus P8H77 mobo link here]

Same Ram as yours - $119

Seaget 2TB Drive - $100 [Seaget 2TB HDD link here]
(same as yours sata |||, 6GBs, 64MB cache)

Cooler Master Storm enforcer case - $80 [Cooler Master Storm enforcer link here][This case is toms recommended buy]

Or you can use NZXT phantom 410 - $100 [NZXT phantom 410 linkhere] [This Case is Best of TomsHardware 2012 badge winner See Here]
(Choose the color that suits you)


Total -------- $684 (after rebate and without shipping)
----- Or $704 if you go with the NZXT phanton 410 case.

Good luck with your build.:D 



April 3, 2013 10:38:12 AM

I did consider overclocking the CPU to maybe 4.2ghz, but I wouldn't be too sure if my cooling would be enough for that :p  thanks a lot for your suggestions, looking into them right now.
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April 3, 2013 6:21:37 PM

For gaming AND work, the fx 8350 would be best. It is great for productivity apps and can game pretty well too. Its 100 bucks under the i7. You will want to get an AMD motherboard for it though.
April 3, 2013 7:11:41 PM

I'm sorry but I should have mentioned I want to stick around Intel Processors Asus/Gigabyte motherboards with Corsair/G.Skill ram. I'll update OP with that in a minute
April 6, 2013 1:43:40 PM

I have up'd my budget to about $1100, and am making some changes to make it fit me perfectly ;3
April 6, 2013 1:51:53 PM

Amaranth33 said:
I have up'd my budget to about $1100, and am making some changes to make it fit me perfectly ;3


1100 before tax and shipping? By the way, Amazon for some reason does not charge tax, so you may want to buy from there.
Anyway, with that budget, you can get a very nice rig. i5 3570k, hd 7950, 8gb ram corsair vengeance (patriot viper 3 8gb 1866 is only 50 but its out of stock), seagate barracuda 1tb 7200 rpm or Western Digital 7200 rpm 1tb. Since you are getting OS and Case supplied by a friend, you can definitely fit an ssd in, too, for 100-150. For a motherboard, MSI z77a-gd55/as rock z77 extreme4, asus p8z77 v, etc. You can get an even stronger graphics card with the money you have, maybe a 7970 or gtx 670, but the 7950 can be OCed to be even better than the 670.
April 6, 2013 3:11:52 PM

toastybatch565 said:
Amaranth33 said:
I have up'd my budget to about $1100, and am making some changes to make it fit me perfectly ;3


1100 before tax and shipping? By the way, Amazon for some reason does not charge tax, so you may want to buy from there.
Anyway, with that budget, you can get a very nice rig. i5 3570k, hd 7950, 8gb ram corsair vengeance (patriot viper 3 8gb 1866 is only 50 but its out of stock), seagate barracuda 1tb 7200 rpm or Western Digital 7200 rpm 1tb. Since you are getting OS and Case supplied by a friend, you can definitely fit an ssd in, too, for 100-150. For a motherboard, MSI z77a-gd55/as rock z77 extreme4, asus p8z77 v, etc. You can get an even stronger graphics card with the money you have, maybe a 7970 or gtx 670, but the 7950 can be OCed to be even better than the 670.


Yes before tax and shipping/rebates
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